gkarris wrote in post #10493161
There are 3 things you should do to improve your Photographic Work - unfortunately, no one knows what they are...
My take: uUe a Pentax K-1000 for at least 10 years.
I don't know your equipment list, but if you have any EF lenses - go and by a used Rebel film camera body (I managed to buy one off e-bay for $25 shipped to replace one I had sold off back in the day).
Use it in MF mode and Manual Exposure for a bunch of rolls, both B/W and different color (Fuji, Kodak) - throw some slide film in.
You'd be surprised what you get when you switch back to digital..
On gear: I have Rebel XSi (digi) and a Rebel Ti (film). Kit lenses from both. Two primes (Canon 35 f/2 and 50 f/2.5), a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. Plus an older Canon zoom (70-300). One speedlite (430 exii) and an older Vivitar flash. That, various and a sundry filters, and cheap tripod pretty much constitutes my gear. (Well, I also have a Nikon N55 and it's kit lens...but that camera has been unreliable.... Hence, I became a Canon girl.)
I haven't really shot film in a while...but all this advice has me thinking about it. Especially since I have some on hand. Hey, if I use it up...even if I don't get amazing shots, I'll have more room in the fridge, right? I've NEVER shot slide film.
I HAVE been trying to climb out of the Av hole, and stay in Manual more often. My weakest link is probably post processing, but I have learning room in every possible area. I know I'm discarding A Lot of what I shoot.
If I'm honest, and I might as well be, even though I've always loved photography (I remember crying for my Mom to buy me film when I was tiny)... and I've been shooting with an slr for about 5 years (dslr for about 1 year)... I've only gotten serious about learning in the past couple of months. I know it will take time...but I WANT to learn!
Thank you all. This is an awesome (knowledgable, welcoming, talented...) forum.